"They receive a penalty in their budget if someone else doesn't do their job," he said.
He said such a penalty could be challenged in court, under the Recht decision, which requires the equalization of school funding statewide.
But House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, said he would be reluctant to repeal the law, given that certain counties in the state have a history of consistently undervaluing property.
"We have certain counties that have come in undervalued on their local share and we have had to do supplementals and backfill their education budgets," he said.
During the 2012 regular session, the House passed a bill to repeal the penalty provision, but it died in the Senate Education Committee.
Knight suggested that if the law is not repealed, the law should be amended to give county assessors a one- to two-year grace period to correct assessments when they fall below the 54 percent threshold.
"Absent that, I think it's a very harsh penalty for the school boards," Knight said.
"If there's anything we can do to tweak it, we'll take a look at it," White responded.
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